Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Progress Makes Perfect

Today the addition began to transform with the shrinking of one previous window opening to accommodate 2 smaller double hung windows, and another window opening became larger to accommodate a 3 panel french door. Whoopie! I can't believe what a difference getting rid of those old awkward sized casement (crank out) windows makes when replacing them with more period appropriate double hung windows. Here are the before and afters.

As you can see, the two double hung windows combined are smaller than the previous four skinny windows that used to be there. This was intentional as all of the large windows in the room left very, VERY little wall space making it really difficult to place furniture in the space. I think the room has a cozier feel now and will become even more cozy when the windows on the opposite wall become smaller tomorrow! On either side of the double hung windows will be a pair of matching wall sconces...these in oil rubbed bronze:

And as for the new doors, I'm already dreaming of enjoying a warm summer breeze from the kitchen while watching Rosemary running around outside. Here's a better shot of them:

Don't mind the awkward hardware, those are the plastic construction handles. The real hardware (that is oil rubbed bronze) will be put on once all of the other work is completed in an effort to keep them looking shiny and new. Here's a shot of how they look from the outside. A small cedar deck with stairs leading down to the yard will be just outside them:

If you remember from yesterday, we had that large exhaust stack from the furnace that was obstructing our new arched opening we are trying to create between the family room and new kitchen.

Today, the HVAC contractor was able to reroute that big ol pipe further into the corner to keep our line of site free and clear. That pipe will have a new home disguised within new cabinetry that will be built in the family room. So long pesky old exhaust stack!

Here's a close up of it. See the hole in the floor just to the right of it? That's where it used to be. Gaining that little bit of space sure makes a big difference!

Rerouting old pesky meant a little bit of work in the closet on the upper level above it. It means losing about 18" of space in that closet. Bummer. I'm not one to give up closet space, but in this case, I think it's worth it.

And there you have today's highlights. There were plenty of other things going on today, but at the end of the day, I got to kiss these little faces goodnight which makes it another perfect day!

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